BCCI Extends Invitation to Pakistan to Play Series in India

Cricket WicketsThe Board of Control for Cricket in India has extended an invitation to the Pakistan Cricket Board offering for Pakistan to play the upcoming series in India instead of the UAE.

The Pakistand Cricket Board Chief, Shaharyar Khan has confirmed that the invitation has been extended to Pakistan in India, with India offering to share the revenue from the series. Pakistan, however, is somewhat hesitant about playing its home series in India.

The share of revenue that India has offered would be income from the broadcasting rights of the series, and a participation fee. Although no details have been worked out, the Pakistan Cricket Board is concerned about large losses if it chooses to play in India instead of the UAE.

The invitation was extended by Shashank Manohar in a phone call to Khan. He said that if Pakistan would like to play the series in India rather than in the UAE, then the Board of Control for Cricket in India would approach the Indian government regarding the series being held in India. Khan explained that he would need to first discuss the issue with Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.

Anurag Thakur, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s secretary, noted: “As per FTP Pakistan was supposed to host us but we all know that no international teams play in Pakistan. So we have given them the option to play in India. If they agree than only we are going to talk to the government of India. To keep the India-Pakistan series alive the BCCI has made an effort and spoken to the PCB if they are keen to play in India.”

He further explained: “Revenue part is the next step. First they need to agree to play in India and then we will write to the government of India on whether we can host them and then we will talk about financial things.”